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The Sustainable Hour no. 484 | Podcast notes

Our guest in The Sustainable Hour no. 484 is Chloe Davison, co-founder of Glaze Sustainability, a Brisbane-based consultancy firm that “helps businesses thrive in the new low-emissions economy of circularity.”

Among Chloe’s clients and former employers are big brands such as Moose, Volvo, ABC, Telstra, Tesla, Deloitte, ANZ, and BHP.

“With experience across all industries, our bold and passionate team is ready to help your company, big or small, step into the new era of conscious business. No BS, no fluff, just results that make a real difference,” Glaze Sustainability write on their website, “helping you navigate the dos & donuts of sustainability.”

At Moose Toys, Chloe was their Global Sustainability Director for a year.

During the interview, Chloe refers to the following:

• Work for Climate: www.workforclimate.org 

• Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA) to Seek Bids for Zero-Emission Shipping Services 

• CoZEV – Cargo Owners for Zero Emissions Vessels: www.cozev.org

• Moose Toys’ work on climate: Our Planet

You can follow Chloe Davison on LinkedIn as well as Glaze Sustainability Consulting on LinkedIn, and you can see more on Glaze Sustainability Consulting’s home page here: www.glazesustainability.com 

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We start this week’s episode with a clip from United Nations head António Guterres who sheets home the enormous cost the world is facing because of the greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Former climate Hunger Striker Gregory Andrews then continues this theme as he calls on the Prime Minister to step up and deal with the issue.

Mik Aidt also piles scorn onto the fossil fuel psychopaths. He points to the one line which the journalists forgot to write when they reported on the death of a 23-year-old music fan at a recent Taylor Swift concert in Rio de Janeiro, and the subsequent cancellation of the stadium concert because of the unprecedented heat, causing great frustration and tears among the 60,000 fans who had been looking forward to the event.

Speaking of safety, Taylor: To keep large portions of the human population safe and in order to survive the climate chaos unleashed upon everyone of us, it is critical we stop burning coal, oil, gas and petrol. With the size your audience, it is your responsibility to let everyone know about this.

Business leader Twiggy Forrest warns us about the dangers of humidity in days of extreme heat, and it also would be worth adding here that according to a study by Yard, which tracks the use of private planes by celebrities, Taylor Swift is the artist on this planet who emits the most carbon when travelling in her jet. In 2022, Taylor used her jet to fly from Missouri to Nashville, a journey that lasted 36 minutes. Yard counted 170 flights in just over six months – a total of 22,923 minutes in the air, 15.9 days. Taylor’s plane has an average flight time of 80 minutes, with annual emissions of 8,293.54 tonnes, which is 1,184.8 times more than the annual emissions of the average person.

Will Swift “join the dots”? #LetsHopeSo. 

And will the journalists? These media people who continue to report on heatwaves and heat-related deaths, but always leave out the dot-joining part. They fail to connect the devastation and the misery with the most important thing for everyone to understand: that this is all happening as a result of our unregulated burning of fossil fuels. Here’s how the National Public Radio, NPR, dealt with the Taylor Swift incident.

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We listen to an excerpt of Paul Hawken’s TED-talk titled ’Regeneration Can Restore a Broken World’.

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Missy Higgins ends the show as always with her plea to be “The Difference”. Lyrics below. She is accompanied as usual by Greta Thunberg‘s #TruthTelling.

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Colin Mockett OAM’s Global Outlook for the week begins in Nairobi, where delegates from more than 175 countries are gathered for the third round of talks to create an International Plastics Treaty which would restrict the manufacture and disposal of plastics worldwide.

The current talks focus on the proposed treaty’s Scope and Ambition. They’re led by the EU, where nations are pushing for binding provisions to restrain and reduce the consumption and production of plastics.

The United States has called for provisions to reduce plastic pollution while embracing industry’s call for advanced plastics recycling. The Nairobi talks have the aim of finding a diplomatic solution to a global plastic pollution crisis amid a growing awareness of the effect of plastic on the environment and human health.

Millions of tons of discarded plastic waste have become a pervasive menace, choking streams, lakes and oceans, worldwide, killing wildlife –  and, in tiny particles called nanoplastics, finding its way into the blood and placental fluids of life all over the planet.

The United Nations Environment Assembly began this cycle of meetings in March 2022. One potential outcome of the Nairobi meeting could be an agreement to write a formal first draft of a plastics treaty to be discussed at the fourth negotiation session scheduled for April in Ottawa, Canada.

And an idea of the opposition that confronts this impetus came last week from Kingwood community in Houston, Texas, which has been working for two years on a total plastic recycling scheme in conjunction with Big Oil companies.

The project involved recognising all the different plastics and putting them into different recycling bins. The bins bear the names of the Houston Recycling Collaboration, ExxonMobil and three other companies. The Huston community has for two years separated their styrofoam from plastic bottles, plastic wrap and bubble wrap, and transported them to one of two all-plastics depositories. The goal is to boost the dismal plastic recycling rates in Houston, which are thought to be even lower than the US national average of 6 per cent.

The aim was — and still is — to turn Huston, which is a  petrochemical and plastics manufacturing hub into a model of responsibility for other cities struggling with plastic waste. But the effort is opaque, to say the least, because the city and its partners have shrouded their collaboration in secrecy. But last week, electronic tracking by an environmental group has found that the plastic waste isn’t getting repurposed at all. It’s just getting stockpiled. Does this sound familiar?

The different plastics were supposed to be going to a new chemical recycling operation opened late last year by ExxonMobil, which has yet to produce anything at all. There seems to be no end to the lengths that fossil fuel companies will go to greenwash their products.

To London where a new report released this week raised new questions about how much more Earth may warm, or cool, if and when we are able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to zero. The report’s best estimates suggest that the global surface temperature would stabilise within a few decades, but the new paper in the journal “Frontiers in Science” examines the uncertainties around this conclusion, including how the planet’s key carbon dioxide-absorbing systems, like forests and oceans, are likely to respond.

For example, an August 2023 study showed a declining decadal trend in the amount of carbon dioxide the oceans absorb, and other recent research suggests multiple forest ecosystems, including the all-important Amazon Basin, are starting to emit more carbon then they take up.

The researchers found there is a one in six chance that Earth’s surface temperature could continue to rise, with a “clear risk of several tenths of a degree of additional warming after net zero CO2,” according to co-author Joeri Rogelj, a climate scientist at Imperial College in London.

“There is a non-negligible chance that global warming will continue after net zero and intensify dangerous climate change,” he said. “Worldwide emissions reduction plans overlook this important risk, which should be urgently addressed at COP28.”

Now for some good and bad news to finish with. The bad first. A tweet from Professor Eliot Jacobson said that for the first time ever, on 17 November of this year, the world temperature breached the target temperature of 2° degrees Celsius above the IPCC baseline of pre-industrial levels. It was just one day, the professor wrote, and the long-term average remains at 1.5° degrees Celsius. But not for long.

And it was slightly balanced by a report that Australia’s renewable energy hit a record high of 72.9 per cent for a five-minute period last week, beating the previous record of 72.5 per cent set last month. The bulk of power generation came from rooftop solar (44 per cent), followed by utility solar at 14 per cent and wind generation at 12 per cent with hydro at 1.1 per cent. 

Given the warning from the previous snippet, I can’t help thinking it’s too little, too late. But either way, that’s our Global Outlook report for this week.

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As we get closer and closer to the climate precipice, there is more and more evidence that people and corporations are giving the climate the attention it truly needs. Chloe Davison, our guest today, is showing businesses the way to go. Sure, there is greenwashing, but this is going to be shown up as ethical consumers become more educated about what to look for. 

Rest assured that we’ll be back next week doing just that – educating people about the possibilities that will be thrown up as we transition to a post carbon world. Helping everyone who wants to to #FindYourRole and find your way into the #ClimateRevolution via #TruthTelling.


“The purpose of that tender is putting your money where your mouth is. You can say that you want zero emissions in shipping, but [it won’t happen] unless you are going to purchase these insert credits. It’s really trying to bring forward the deployment of zero emission fuels in the market place. Sometimes you need different ships to transport products around – and just like the aviation industry, ships have much larger lead times than a toy company, so if you are going to reach zero emissions by 2040, the demand needs to be there today.”
~ Chloe Davison, former Global Sustainability Director at Moose Toys

This is like COVID was – it is an emergency. It is a climate emergency. And we need our leaders to act like it is an emergency.
~ Gregory Andrews, climate hunger striker, in an interview on ABC News


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are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the land. They nurtured it and thrived in often harsh conditions for millennia before they were invaded. Their land was then stolen from them – it wasn’t ceded. It is becoming more and more obvious that, if we are to survive the climate emergency we are facing, we have much to learn from their land management practices.

Our battle for climate justice won’t be won until our First Nations brothers and sisters have their true justice. When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore the climate emergency are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How disrespectful and unfair is that?



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Graphics from Glaze Sustainability’s website

→ Financial Times – 17 November 2023:
Writer Kim Stanley Robinson: ‘If the world fails, business fails’
“The cult sci-fi author on Mars, Musk — and how speculative fiction can offer real-life solutions to the climate crisis.”



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A new, powerful idea from corporate lawyere Robert Hinkley in Shoalhaven: A declaration to remove the threat of climate horror – created in acknowledgement of and with due credit to Thomas Jefferson, the principal draftsman of the American Declaration of Independence.



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Meanwhile, in Canberra…



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In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 is stepping up with the kind of journalism we’ve been calling for:

“The good news is: we can solve climate change. So why don’t we?”



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“Environment” minister for coal and koalas

Sour comments began flooding across Twitter/X moments after Tanya Plibersek shared a selfie showing her posing with a koala under a caption reading “No one wants to imagine a future without koalas”.

While that’s a message most Aussies could get behind, the post inadvertently drew attention to Australia’s crumbling biodiversity and the lack of strong laws to protect it.

→ Yahoo News – 21 November 2023:
Environment minister’s koala photo op sparks surprise backlash
“The picture was designed to draw attention to the government’s $12 million funding pledge, but others seized upon another detail in the social media post.”

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Did you know it has been reported that each person ingests about a credit card size in plastics each week?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels and generate around 1.8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

In Australia, the government’s recycling targets are far from being met with only 13% of plastics being recycled each year. Even so, microplastics are shed throughout the lifecycle of plastic products and also during the recycling process.

→ Reasons To Be Cheerful – 16 November 2023:
The EU Just Banned Microplastics. How Are Companies Replacing Them?
“Some manufacturers are years ahead of the game, pioneering natural alternatives to microplastics.”

→ Reuters – 22 November 2023:
Reusable packaging could cut emissions from plastics by up to 69% -study
“The widespread adoption of returning and reusing plastic packaging could help to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 69%, a study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation showed. Such schemes not only lower companies’ emissions but can also drive down costs for some items, according to the study covering over 60 organisations.”

The weather, currently

On Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a fan of Taylor Swift tragically died at her concert during a major heatwave. According to Brazilian news (Portuguese link) more than 1,000 fans required medical treatment with the heat index rising to 59.7°C (139°F) — conditions so extreme they are almost unlivable.

There are a lot of rumors circulating about exactly what happened, but one thing is clear: this was not an isolated incident. On the very same day, globally averaged temperatures surpassed 2.0°C above pre-industrial levels for the very first time.

Sadly, this is what climate change looks like — complex, compounding tragedies that occur with increasing frequency.
~ Eric Holthaus

→ World Meteorological Organization – 15 November 2023
WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin No. 19
“Key messages: Record levels of heat-trapping gases mean further temperature increase. Carbon budget is shrinking fast. Climate change impacts include more extreme weather, sea level rise.”



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Paul Hawken’s TEDtalk: ‘Regeneration Can Restore a Broken World’



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Tony Seba: “The Great Transformation”



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Richard Heinberg: The Great Unraveling



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Sid Smith: Why you shouldn’t let collapse get you down



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Oxfam Australia wrote in their newsletter on 20 November 2023:

“The richest 1% emit as much carbon pollution as two-thirds of humanity.”

This is one of the shocking findings of Oxfam’s landmark ‘Climate Equality: A Planet for the 99%’ report released today, ahead of the annual United Nations international climate change conference COP28.

We also found that it would take about 1,500 years for someone in the bottom 99% globally to produce as much carbon as the richest billionaires do in a year.

In fact, the emissions of the wealthiest 1% are so high that every year they cancel out the carbon savings coming from nearly one million wind turbines.

But that’s not all we found. We crunched the numbers in our region and revealed that:

The richest 1% of Australians emitted 22 times as much per person as the bottom 50% of people on lower incomes.

The richest 1% of Australians created more carbon pollution than all 14.7 million passenger vehicles in the country
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These facts show that within Australia emissions are highly unequal, with the richest generating massive emissions and preventing all of us from reaching our emission reduction targets.

When we compare the emissions of Australia’s wealthiest to people in the Pacific, who have emitted very little and are yet some of the first communities to face climate impacts, the inequality is even more extreme.

The wealthiest 1% of Australians, about 250,000 people, emit 17 times more than the people of Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati, who number 2 million.

Please, share these shocking facts about climate inequality on social media by sending our post to your friends and family. Help us spread the word that we must tackle climate change and inequality together.

Australia has long played an out-sized role in contributing to climate change, both as a high emitter of greenhouse gases and a huge exporter of fossil fuels to the rest of the world.

However, Oxfam’s report makes clear that it’s the wealthiest among us who have driven these high emissions through their excessive lifestyles, fossil fuel investments, and their economic and political influence to maintain the polluting status-quo they profit from. The wealthy have the responsibility, as well as the economic and political power, to stop climate crisis.

Meanwhile, low- and middle-income households are locked into polluting vehicles, fossil fuel-based energy and inefficient homes, because affordable, clean alternatives simply aren’t available thanks to the lack of government and corporate leadership. It’s time we expose the truth about carbon inequality and ensure the ultra-wealthy, who are most responsible for the climate crisis, pay to fix it.

Please share this message and call on the government to tax billionaires and polluting corporations, and put the money into a just transition to climate change.

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For years we’ve fought to end the era of fossil fuels to save millions of lives and our planet. It’s clearer than ever this will be impossible until we also end the era of extreme wealth.

In hope,

Warmest thanks,
Josie Lee
Campaigns and Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia

P.S. Read about the landmark report here.



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Calling on Treasure Chalmers to invest $100 billion for renewables over 10 years

Elizabeth Sullivan, Lead Exports Campaigner, wrote in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s newsletter on 14 November 2023:

Firestorms have been burning on Australia’s east and west coasts, weeks ahead of a typical bushfire season. Communities and wildlife are bracing for what could be our hottest summer on record.

While Australia burns, our governments hand over $11.1 billion in subsidies to coal and gas companies annually.¹ Our public money is funding the companies most responsible for climate damage and their plans for massive gas expansions – that will literally throw fuel on the fire.

The obvious solution is to invest in clean energy to replace fossil fuels and slash our climate pollution.

ACF has joined environment groups, industry and unions in calling on Treasurer Jim Chalmers to invest $100 billion in renewables over ten years – that’s $10 billion a year.²

We need to invest big to transition our domestic energy and exports from fossil fuels to renewables and fully decarbonise our economy. And we need to do it now or miss out on the economic and job opportunities that the United States, European Union and Canada are already seizing in renewable hydrogen, green steel and battery manufacturing.³

Now, ahead of December’s mid-year economic fiscal outlook (MYEFO) – the biggest milestone to secure new funding outside of the federal budget – is the perfect time for our Treasurer to take action.

We must accelerate our transition to renewables now – for our climate, and so that local communities can benefit from the build.

Public investment in renewables can drive jobs in growing industries like green manufacturing, especially in regional communities where fossil fuel jobs are drying up.⁴ That means new career pathways for fossil fuel workers and young people in regional Australia.

We’ll miss out on these jobs if we don’t invest now. America’s record-breaking investment into renewables (their Inflation Reduction Act), has already seen Australian capital flow to the United States.⁵

Renewable energy is also the cheapest form of new electricity generation in Australia and our best bet for getting power bills down. That means as each summer gets hotter, we can afford to keep our air conditioners on.⁶

Jim Chalmers has flagged that he could invest more into renewables ⁷ – let’s make sure that he does this December as a part of MYEFO!

Send an email urging the Treasurer to ramp up renewables in Australia now.

Industry, environmental groups and unions including the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Smart Energy Council have joined us in publicly calling on the Treasurer to act.

Our diverse voices are united in creating a brighter, safer future for our communities and wildlife.

Join the call – and let’s keep pushing for a fast, fair transition that makes our climate safe so nature and people can thrive.

Lizzie

Elizabeth Sullivan
Lead Exports Campaigner

¹ The Australia InstitueFossil fuel subsidies in Australia
² Australian Financial ReviewLabor pushed to create $100b ‘Australian Inflation Reduction Act’
³ Australian Conservation FoundationExplained: Renewable exports
⁴ Australian Conservation FoundationClean exports could deliver 395,000 new jobs
⁵ DeloitteBeware the IRA eating Australia’s renewable hydrogen lunch
⁶ Renew EconomyFirmed wind and solar still much cheaper than fossil fuels, even with inflation, says CSIRO
⁷ The ConversationGrattan on Friday: Treasurer Jim Chalmers pumps up his role in energy transition



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THE DIFFERENCE

Am I gonna die, am I gonna live, or am I gonna sit on the edge of it
Am I gonna fall, am I gonna fight or am I watch from the outside
Sometimes I wake from the deepest sleep, oh and I feel tomorrow in me
Like I don’t wanna let the hand of yesterday hold me back

But everything I see, everything I watch, makes me wanna hold my ears till it stops
Makes me wanna run, makes me wanna hide, makes me wanna set this house alight

Oh but I remember my mother’s voice
Telling me that every day’s a choice
For where there’s good, there’s bad
But my child you always can

Be the difference
Be the difference
I know the world’s gone mad it’s true
(she said) be the difference
(you can) be the difference
cos I see a fighter locked in you

Be the difference
Be the difference
When hope is a hand you don’t wanna trust
(She said) be the difference
(you can) be the difference
Cos darling the future’s watching us

So am I gonna open everything up, am I gonna let fury fill my cup
Am I gonna be an anthem singing in the dark, gonna light up this burning heart
Am I gonna still as rock, while everything shakes and tumbles off
Am I gonna remember the truth

Cos I wanna be nasty, wanna be brave, not let his fear make me afraid
I don’t wanna pretend I’m too small to jump the wall
I’m just trying to remember her voice
Telling me that every day’s a choice
For where there’s good there’s bad
But my child you always can

Be the difference (be the difference)
Be the difference
I know the world’s gone mad it’s true
(she said) be the difference
(you can) be the difference
Cos I see a fighter locked in you

So you gotta fight it
You gotta resist
Every days a choice to light the dark

You gotta sing loud
You gotta shout out
Fear is not a choice but you can choose to be the difference

Be the difference
I know the world’s gone mad it’s true
(she said) be the difference
(you can) be the difference
Cos I see a fighter locked in you

Be the difference
Be the difference
When hope is a hand you don’t wanna trust
(She said) be the difference
(you can) be the difference
Cos darling the future’s watching…

Written by Missy Higgins & Pip Norman
Published by Missy Higgins Productions / Mushroom Music Publishing



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Events we have talked about in The Sustainable Hour

Events in Victoria

The following is a collation of Victorian climate change events, activities, seminars, exhibitions, meetings and protests. Most are free, many ask for RSVP (which lets the organising group know how many to expect), some ask for donations to cover expenses, and a few require registration and fees. This calendar is provided as a free service by volunteers of the Victorian Climate Action Network. Information is as accurate as possible, but changes may occur.

Current petitions and letter campaigns

Australia | Send an email:
Climate action now – $100 billion for renewables | Australian Conservation Foundation ACF
Join environment groups, industry and unions in calling Treasurer Jim Chalmers to invest $100 billion in renewable energy over ten years to accelerate Australia’s much-needed phase-out of climate-wrecking fossil fuels – send an email to the Treasurer, now.

Australia | Petition:
Make rich polluters pay | OXFAM Australia
Join us in demanding climate justice by: Urging Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers to properly tax rich polluters now. Advocating for funds from the rich polluters tax to go to supporting communities in our region already experiencing the destructive impacts of climate change. Calling for an immediate end to all new fossil fuel projects and subsidies, and a plan to phase out all fossil fuels in Australia.
5,933 had signed on 22 November 2023.

Australia | Send an email:
Email your energy minister: polluters must pay | AYCC
On 24 November 2023, Chris Bowen is bringing together climate and energy ministers from every state and territory. This is our chance to make sure our demand is on the agenda: polluters must pay. The pollution from the Beetaloo basin alone would be equal to that of over 50 coal fired power stations! It’s time for the Albanese government to live up to their climate promises – and take action for a safe climate future.

Australia | Send an email:
Don’t weaken ocean protection laws! | Greenpeace
Tell Resources Minister Madeleine King to protect our oceans from dirty gas. Can you take 2 minutes to tell the government you want our oceans to be protected? Compose your email: Our pre-filled form makes it really easy to email Resources Minister Madeleine King – the person deciding what to do. 

Australia | Public submisison:
Call for a Duty of Care to young people in climate decision-making | Environment Victoria
How to make an impactful submission: The Senate Committee is taking submissions from the community through an online consultation portal until Thursday, 23rd November. You must make a submission through this portal for it to be counted.

Australia | Public submisison:
Sign on to our submission: Duty of Care Bill
| Climate Council
Public officials, like government ministers, should consider current and future generations’ health and well-being when deciding to approve or publicly finance fossil fuel projects that contribute to more harmful climate change. Will you add your name to show strong public support? 

Australia | Public submisison:
‘How-to guide: Make a submission to the duty of care inquiry

The Federal Parliament, for the first time, is considering a Bill  to implement a duty of care to young people to take our health and wellbeing into account when making decisions that could impact the climate. This Bill is before the Senate Committee on Environment and Communications for inquiry. And you have a chance to make your voice heard in this important conversation, by making a submission to the inquiry.

Australia | Petition:
Kick out fossil fuel polluters from future climate talks
| GetUp!
To: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary, COP President CC: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen: “We urge the United Nations to ban fossil fuel corporations and their lobbyists from participating in climate summits – so negotiations can focus on a fast, fair shift from fossil fuels to protect people, not big polluter profits.”

Australia | Send an email:
Make every Australian home climate safe
| Parents for Climate 
Email your state MP and Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen about energy upgrades for vulnerable households: “I believe that the state government must lead the way and ensure that every home in the country is climate safe. Can you please raise my concerns with our Energy Minister, and ask them how our government is ensuring all Australians are safe from extreme heat in their own homes?”

Australia | Petition:
#ClimateHungerStrike
| Gregory Andrews
The world is on the brink of climate collapse. Billions of people will die from heat stroke, starvation and fossil-fuelled disasters in our lifetimes if we don’t take real and fast action. But Australia is still digging up coal and chopping down forests. I want my children to have the same future and opportunities as the decision-makers in Parliament House today. That’s why I’m on a #ClimateHungerStrike until Prime Minister Anthony Albanese commits to real action. Join me in calling for a safe future.
4,500 signatures on 18 November 2023

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List of running petitions where we encourage you to add your name

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